AskDefine | Define trod

Dictionary Definition



1 a step in walking or running [syn: pace, stride]
2 the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire
3 the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
4 structural member consisting of the horizontal part of a stair or step


1 put down or press the foot, place the foot; "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; "step on the brake" [syn: step]
2 tread or stomp heavily or roughly; "The soldiers trampled across the fields" [syn: trample]
3 crush as if by treading on; "tread grapes to make wine"
4 brace (an archer's bow) by pressing the foot against the center
5 apply (the tread) to a tire
6 mate with; "male birds tread the females" [also: trodden, trod]trod See tread

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'tɻɔd/
    Rhymes: -ɒd


  1. simple past of tread

Extensive Definition

A Trod in the west of England is a straight line or fairy path in the grass of a field with a different shade of green to the rest. Great danger was associated with using these paths when a supernatural procession was using them. Fairy rings have certain elements in common with this phenomenon. People with rheumatism sought relief by walking along these paths, however animals were thought to actively avoid them.
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